Beyond Breathing: 3 Stress-Relieving Hacks

Stress! It builds up as the commitments and chores pile up. Yes, the holidays are fun, but only if you can chill out enough to enjoy yourself. By now we know that a few deep breaths can bring a sense of calm into the moment, but you can also try one or all of these simple de-stressing techniques.

  1. Chew gum: Keep your jaw busy and decrease your anxiety by chomping on a stick of gum. Chewing gum can help you stay focused and alert while multitasking while keeping your stress levels in check. Blowing some bubbles might also lighten your mood. But, no matter the flavor you choose, make it sugar-free!
  2. Drink water: Being slightly dehydrated can amplify your stress, and if you're superstressed, chances are high you are not taking in enough liquids to begin with. If you're feeling the pressure of the season and your mouth is dry, sip some water to clear your mind.
  3. Drop an F-bomb: When all else fails, it might be time to let loose with a string of swear words. Dropping a few choice expletives can reduce stress and relieve tension. Disclaimer: this technique might get your name on the naughty list in the North Pole.